It was already several weeks ago now. It was early evening and I was walking over the fields to the sea with my parents. This short walk was becoming one of our lockdown routines; a little stretch of the legs after tea and before bed.
The spring weather was beautiful, as it had been for some time. The sun was sinking lower and the sky was an exquisite shade of blue. My mum looked up into that blue sky and said, “It’s as if they’d been troubling me all this time but I didn’t know it.”
She was referring to the vapour trails of the aeroplanes which ordinarily criss-crossed this patch of sky, as they criss-crossed each patch of sky that we all look up to from our little corners of the Earth.
I felt the truth of her observation run through me. Yes, we are all troubled and we do not even realise it. We are anxious and addicted and miserable but we have strayed so far from the simple joys and sacredness of life that we do not know that this is what we are missing or what we must return to.
Instead, we journey deeper into the problem. We look for comfort and soothing in the material world. We buy more, eat more, spend more time on our devices, distract ourselves with every possible form of entertainment, attempt to achieve more, earn more, get bigger and better.
On the news the politicians are talking about how we can get back to normal as quickly as possible. My estate agent who is marketing my apartment said that they’ll be back in touch when things return to normal.
And I am over here, like so many of you, hoping we never return to normal in the way that we’ve known it. Because normal is troubled. Normal is anxious. Normal is depressed. Normal is miserable. Normal is working in the machine. Normal is endless economic growth at the expense of people and planet. Normal is corrupt corporations. Normal is telling lies to win power. Normal is sitting in an office day in and day out and returning home too exhausted to enjoy one’s family and friends. Normal is competition and survival of the fittest.
Our version of ‘normal’ is a complete forgetting of the sacredness of life and whether we try our hardest to return to it or not, it cannot go on. The Earth is speaking clearly. She’s saying, ‘This is enough now. Everything must change.’
But of course we are terrified of that change. Even those of us who want it are terrified. Of course we are. And not only that, we don’t even know how to begin, so embedded we are in our lives of consumerism and growth.
If you are reading this, I know that it is very likely that you already feel something very similar and I am only speaking what is already in your heart. So what can we do? What can we each do?
I continue to believe that we all have a unique way of holding the light and expressing the Love that we are. We must continue to listen to our own hearts, to grow the trust we have in what our hearts speak to us and to have the courage to express ourselves in the ways that we are uniquely called.
If we begin with the Love in our hearts and ground ourselves in the sacredness of all of life, we will move in the direction that can best support the change we are all longing for.
Love and courage,